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Meet Maranda Lanouette

STARS had just begun operating in Manitoba when Maranda Lanouette, a mother of two, was on an ATV ride with family in June, 2011 in the Woodridge, MB area.

Sadly, Maranda’s life changed dramatically when she turned to look behind and fell off her ATV, breaking her neck.

The ground ambulance wasn’t capable of reaching her remote location, and the only other option was placing Maranda on a backboard and driving her out by ATV along a bumpy trail. Then there would be an hour and a half drive to the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.

Luckily, the STARS helicopter was nearby and able to fly to her to Winnipeg within 20 minutes.

Maranda uses a wheelchair and is moving forward with her life. Recently, she was elected to town council and volunteers as an office coordinator with the Ste.-Anne Police Department.

She shares her story any chance she gets.

 “STARS didn’t just save me. They gave my husband his wife, my children their mother, my parents their daughter, and my siblings their sister,” she said. “I would not be here today if Manitoba did not have this service.”

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Pursenal Mission 2017

Dress in your Sunday best and join us for an exciting afternoon of purses, beautiful accessories and delicious treats. Bid on your favorite items and enjoy the view from the beautiful Edmonton Country Club, all while supporting STARS and the life-saving service it provides in our community....

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STARS' own Karla Slaney breaks down stereotypes in aviation

When Karla Slaney was eight years old, a pilot invited her to sit in the cockpit of a Boeing 747 during her family’s vacation to Florida. By the time she returned to her seat, clutching a set of plastic pilots’ wings, she knew what she wanted to be...

CAMTS to conduct STARS site visit

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) will conduct a site visit of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) on Feb. 22 and 23, 2016. STARS has been accredited by CAMTS since 1998 with renewal occurring every three years. CAMTS accreditation standards...

Agassiz MLA joins Gladstone family for STARS tour and cheque presentation

The Bjarnarson family from Gladstone visited the Manitoba STARS Air Ambulance Base in Winnipeg on Oct. 17, along with The Hon. Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations and MLA for Agassiz. The Bjarnarson family’s three children  visited the base to personally...

Rescue on the Island raises $380,000!

The annual Rescue on the Island event raised a total of $380,000 by the end of the day on Friday, Sept. 16 for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS). Eight community and business leaders were stranded for the day on Carter Island near Pinawa, MB, where they participated in a blend of...

Stars Tracker

In 2015-16, STARS flew 3,423 missions, carrying only critically ill or injured patients. Since 1985, more than 33,000 missions have been carried out.